Parish Bulletin – 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 14 February 2021
Masses for the Week of 16 February to 21 February
TUESDAY: 10 AM Iona Morris – Larry & Nancy Lavallee
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM George Sullivan – Jerry & Mary-Paule Muldoon
THURSDAY: 10 AM Grace Allard – Frances Tracey
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Fr. Mike Costello – Maureen & Helen Morris
SUNDAY: 9 AM (1) Merrill Allard – David & Julie Gallagher
(2) Neil Sullivan – Gail & Cecil Sullivan
(3) Victor Gagnon – Paul & Sally Romain
All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church.
** Includes public recitation of the Rosary
*** Includes public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
All Live Masses are suspended in accordance with Quebec COVID regulations until at least February 21, 2021
1) Well, sadly 2021 hasn’t exactly started off any better than the last year ended, at least as regard to the pandemic. The provincial government, on top of instituting a night-time curfew has also ordered the closing of all churches and church offices until at least 21 February 2021. I will continue to stream both weekdays (10 AM) and Sunday Masses (9 AM) from St. Joseph’s, including the public recitation of the Rosary on Wednesdays and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on Friday. On Sunday, I will offer the Mass for three intentions, one from each parish. Please pray that we will soon find our way out of danger in these difficult times and get back to celebrating as usual in all three parishes.
2) Just a reminder that just because you can’t come to church doesn’t mean you can’t continue to support your parish. You can go to the parish blog at www.uppontiacparishes.com and make an online donation. Just remember to include which church you are directing your donation to in the message box of the donation widget. I thank you for your continuing support by whatever means possible in these difficult months with large heating bills and no regular Sunday collections. Your generous help is much appreciated.
3) Tax receipts for 2020 donations (excluding the online donations which produce receipt at time of donation) will be available once the government allows us to reopen our offices for business. We thank you for your patience.
4) Teens– be prepared for Lent: Order the Teen Lent Companion by LIFETEEN and use it to develop a daily prayer life that will last you a lifetime. See other great resources for teens at www.lifeteen.com.
5) Calling All Moms: Check out the options for Moms to stay connected at www.CatholicMomsgroup.com and sign up to Midday Moms, a regular virtual Mother’s group meet up with host Mary Wagner and her MOM Jane Wagner on Zoom.
6) Rosary: Father Réal Ouellette is planning the recording/editing of the Rosary to be broadcast on various social media. To participate and contribute, please see details here.
Chapelet/Rosaire: Père Réal Ouellette planifie l’enregistrement et le montage du Chapelet/Rosaire pour être diffusé sur les médias sociaux. Pour participer et contribuer, veuillez consulter https://fr.ourabcparishes.com/rosary-project.
7) Pope Francis has dedicated 2021 to be a holy year St. Joseph. In that spirit we will be beginning a 33-day novena of dedication beginning on Sunday February 14th culminating with a consecration to St. Joseph on March 19th. Join with me when we will pray the litany of St. Joseph at the end of every one of our streamed Masses. I will post a copy of the litany on the parish blog (www.uppontiacparishes.com) so that you can pray it personally.
8) We will be starting a new book on Tuesday February 23rd at 7 pm. Entitled Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by Fr. James Martin, s.j. published by HarperOne Publishers c.2021. It can be purchased online from Amazon.ca or Chapters.ca in either a hardcover or ebook version, or it can be ordered through the bookstore in the Pembroke Mall. If you are interested in joining in, please call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a link to be able to join in the discussion. Learning to Pray is accessible for even novices to prayer to grasp and will undoubtably help you to deepen your prayer relationship with God. I hope that many folks will take advantage of this opportunity to join the group!
9) I ask your prayers for repose of the soul of Mr. Jerome Sallafranque. Please pray that these days be consoling and grace-filled for Françoise, their children, extended family, and for all who called him friend.
10) Our parish community has suffered another tragic loss this week with the presumed death of Robert Chartrand whose snowmobile went through the ice on Friday evening. As of the time of this bulletin, his body has not yet been found by the SQ divers. PLEASE… pray that they will be successful in finding him and bring this young lad home to his grieving family as soon as possible. Any further developments will be posted both on the Facebook and on the parish blog.
Scripture Reflection For This Weekend
Opening Prayer: Jesus, I put myself in your presence, deeply aware of my weakness. I cry to you like the leper, “If you wish you can make clean”—and holy, and pure, and good!
- Our Impossible Dreams: Many times in life we find ourselves yearning for something that seems elusive and out of reach. It might have to do with our health, like the leper in the reading today, or it might be something in another realm of our lives. When we realize that we cannot have it on our own, that our sheer human frailty puts it beyond reach, we can say with the leper, “If you wish you can make me clean.” That kind of prayer, from our weakness, speaks from the deepest part of our soul. In those moments we show the depth of our faith.
- Magnetic Misery: For us, misery can repel, making us look away. For Jesus, it acts like a magnet; it pulls him in and his merciful heart feels compelled to bring relief. Confident and trusting in Christ’s heart, we need to look our cynicism in the eye and say “begone Satan.” Without faith, we wallow, but with faith, we seek the loving gaze of Jesus who saves us from sinking into a miserable morass.
- Devoted Discretion: “See that you tell no one.” This directive of Jesus seems puzzling; Scripture scholars speak of the “messianic secret,” in which Jesus sought to avoid people projecting upon him mistaken notions of who the Messiah was to be. But for us, what might it mean? Perhaps we could think of how we must savor our blessings and graces in our hearts and not merely on our social media platforms. Counting our “likes” does not feed our souls in the way that simply resting in the beauty of Jesus’s loving care for us does.
Conversing with Christ: Lord, I bring you my misery and my smallness. Help me, Lord! I give you my wholehearted cry of faith so that you will rescue me and come to my aid. Never allow me to doubt your goodness. On this day that celebrates love, I thank you for the beautiful relationships in my life. Help me to appreciate more deeply each person I have been privileged to know and love.
Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will stop my work every few hours to thank you for surrounding me with love, both human and divine.